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Friday, April 17, 2009

Torture Revisited
 
This important article in the New York Review of Books discusses, among other things, the tendency of "enhanced interrogation techniques" to produce false confessions.
 
 
12:57 pm est

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

The High Court Takes Notice
 
In an opinion earlier this week, the Supreme Court noted the "mounting empirical evidence that [interrogation] pressures can induce a frighteningly high percentage of people to confess to crimes they never committed." Given this recognition, perhaps the Court will reconsider its lamentable holding that a confession may still be admissible even when police lied to the suspect about evidence allegedly implicating him. This tactic is among the leading causes of false confessions.
 
9:19 am est

Monday, April 6, 2009

Prosecutorial Misconduct
 
Kudos to Attorney General Eric Holder for dismissing charges against former U.S. Senator Ted Stevens. Stevens' conviction on charges stemming from corruption was reversed because the prosecution withheld important evidence. Such misconduct must be punished if it's to be deterred.
 
6:15 am est


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